Verizon's LTE spot tests are in, ranging from 7Mbps to the insane 32Mbps download speeds

Verizon's LTE spot tests are in, ranging from 7Mbps to the insane 32Mbps download speeds
The initial spot test results of Verizon's newly-minted LTE deployment are in, and the speeds are fast. The virgin network currently has only a few people on it, mainly from the tech media, who got LTE dongles sent to them for review. The real testing will begin when the gear is available for purchase starting Sunday, so next week we should have even more results in.

Still, seeing confirmed speeds of 32Mbps download pumped to you without any cables attached is a revelation. That is what MSNBC has managed to obtain with full bars in Seattle, and Verizon had said "yep, it's possible". With less than stellar signal strength, download speeds range from 7-9Mbps, which is still more than what your home broadband probably supplies to you.

The spot tests are from New York, Seattle, Philadelphia, Arizona and Boston. From what Verizon's CTO Tony Melone said at the press conference the other day, it is clear that Big Red is aiming for providing enough capacity and stability of the network, so these insane speeds will probably be valid for quite a while anyway.

At those prices, though, it doesn't really matter if you will eat your 5GB for $50 allotment in a few minutes or two hours - these data caps will last a month only if you do light browsing and checking email anyway. Downloading or streaming a couple of movies can eat your 5GB or 10 GB allotment in a heartbeat, and then the $10 per GB overages kick in.

And we thought those $95 for 30GB that European carriers are charging for LTE per month sounds steep. Verizon obviously doesn't want you to replace your FiOS broadband with LTE service anytime soon. There is always a price for being an early adopter.

via Gizmodo

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9 Comments

9. dkljd unregistered

Keep in mind...depends on speeds on how close you are to the Em Pole

7. hornetmx

Posts: 71; Member since: Mar 12, 2010

You'll be able to run games on your tablet instead of being at home to use your console. You'll be streaming your soccer game to your relative's tablets on the other side of the country. People just dont realize what 10 mbps OTA wil allow you to do. It really opens up all kinds of posibilities. Plus all of the freaks will find a way to run all kinds of illegal schemes. It's not smart business to give unl data....unless your are sprint and you were bleeding customers like a hemophiliac. Funny how people believe the internet should be free..and housing...and health care...education...3 months off a year, etc. I almost felt sad for ATT when this guy was bragging about how he was averaging 40 gig a month out of his jailbroken iphone. ATT couldnt wait to put the brakes on the unl data....and we are talking 3G. dumbasses.

6. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

Okay, seriously, I am so glad to see LTE, but not for $50 month NOT unlimited! And with NO PHONES?! Even MetroPCS has an LTE phone--what a joke. The faster the speed, the more people will use it!!! Duh!?! As phones and tablets advance, consumers will start downloading more HD content, attachments, etc. PC Magazine found that you can use your entire allotment in 32minutes. That's more expensive than seeing an 3D IMAX movie with a small popcorn!http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2373767,00.asp I am so grateful to be grandfathered into T-Mobile's $3.99 unlimited internet at around 7-9mbps...

5. Word. unregistered

Complaining about the prices? $50/mo for 5 gigs is still cheaper than what they used to have, $59.99 for 250 mb or $69.99 5 gigs for 3g. Not to mention, that's still cheaper than AT&T, who has 3g service for $35 for 200 mb, or $60 for 5 gigs. Sprint's is pretty decent, $60 for unlimited, but then again, they're really up in the air about their wimax. T-Mobile of course has cheaper prices than everyone, and "4g," but they throttle after 5 gigs. All in all, considering the strength and global compatibility of their LTE network, I'd say it's pretty fair pricing.

3. jd829

Posts: 155; Member since: Feb 24, 2010

So out of 6 tests, we have an average of 13.51 download and 5.8 upload. Interesting to see what speeds we can expect when there's more than a handful of early adopters on the network.

4. Droid X Doug unregistered

A 3G network with 6 users on it will produce 3 mbps down. I would have expected 32 mbps down for all of the 6 testers. As @jd829 posts, lets see what the speeds are like when more than a handful of early adopters are on the network. Especially when the 4G user population has smartphone users in the mix, as they are the large data consumers that brought AT&T's network to its knees with the iPhone.

10. wrong unregistered

droid users already use more data than apple users and verizons network hasnt been brought to its knees

2. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol. what idiot thought 1-4 would be real world? id assume anywhere from 7-18 average when the network gets a few good selling phones on it. puts it right in line with HSPA+ or slightly higher. If they can keep the speeds 20+ when the network starts getting used, that would be impressive. even more impressive is if they do a true unlimited plan so we can use em as a home internet replacement! :)

1. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

Yup and a month ago you guys posted that 1-4 mbps would be real world speeds.... step 1. Take foot out of mouth step 2. Dont make assumptions step 3. VZW FTW!

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